French Buys


Boston interior designer Millicent Cutler shops regularly at Parisian trade show Maison & Objet for her clients, but she spent her most recent trip scouting goods for pop-up du jour Ouimillie. “The French have a way,” Cutler says, pointing to picks like French Salade’s cloud-shaped bowls and smiley metallic leather pouches from Maison de Vacances. “They’re creative, but they’re practical too.”

Ouimillie’s offerings go beyond French borders, though, with a range of European finds hard to come by in the States. Along with imported linens, paper goods and furniture, there are double-glass coffee cups and stirrers from Belgium’s Serax, serving trays made using World War II machinery by British brand Kaymet, and cutting boards featuring divers, skiers and other characters engraved along the wood grain, courtesy of Berlin-based designers Olze & Wilkens.

While Cutler hopes to find a permanent home, her whimsical spoils can be found at Half Crown Design through December. Head to the Cambridge furniture studio tout de suite—it’s one rendezvous you won’t want to miss.

Ouimillie 357 Huron Ave., Cambridge. 


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